@Mr. Bitter Weddle is actually the perfect free agent addition for the Raiders, no matter who they draft, and for several reasons. First of all, he still plays at a high level, and, he now has something more to prove, especially if he gets to play his former team twice. Second, while his age might seem like an issue to many people, his age actually works to the Raiders favor. First, because he provides there secondarywithveteran leadership that will be sorely lacking with Woidsons exit, and second, because he wont require a long term commitment. The Raiders can tie up a chunk of money that theyneed to spend, but not get in the way of future extensions or contracts.
My first edition. Only one trade. I make picks using multiple big boards from different sites, and my own scouting. I try to fill needs as best as possible. This will change when FA moves define themselves.
Brooks Foster, WR, North Carolina
Height: 6-1. Weight: 212. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.44. Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 2/22/09: Not that the bench press means anything for recievers, but it's worth noting that Brooks Foster put up 27 reps of 225.
1/4/09: All looks, no substance. Brooks Foster is built like a dynamic wideout, but he has never recorded more than 38 catches, 486 yards and two touchdowns in a single season - and those numbers are from 2006.
10/19/08: Brooks Foster doesn't have more than three catches in any game this year. You still have to love his projected 40 at his size.
5/22/08: Brooks Foster has nice size, but the production just isn't there (29 receptions, 417 yards in 2007).
Trimane Goddard, FS, North Carolina
Height: 5-9. Weight: 198. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68. Benchx225: 17. Vertical: 31.5. Projected Round (2009): 7. 12/14/08: A second-team All-American, Trimane Goddard managed to pick off seven passes and break up five more. One of the interceptions was a pick-six. Unfortunately, Trimane Goddard's combine numbers will hurt his stock.
2007: Became a starter the second half of his sophomore year, in which he picked off three passes. He red-shirted the following year in the wake of a broken foot.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
Height: 6-1. Weight: 226. Projected 40 Time: 4.51. Combine 40 Time: 4.49. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 2. 3/27/09: Hakeem Nicks put on 14 pounds since the Combine and refused to run the 40 at his Pro Day, which raises some work ethic issues. He's still a very probable second-round prospect.
2/23/09: Hakeem Nicks really helped himself with a nice combine. It's looking more probable that he'll be a first-round pick.
1/4/09: No receiving prospect is hotter than Hakeem Nicks right now. As a junior, Nicks recorded 68 receptions, 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns. Nicks dominated West Virginia in the team's winter practice game, grabbing eight balls for a whopping 217 yards and three scores.
10/19/08: Hakeem Nicks has been a beast this year. Through seven games, Nicks has 39 catches, 643 yards and four touchdowns. His 40 is going to hurt him.
Garrett Reynolds, OT, North Carolina
Height: 6-8. Weight: 309. Projected 40 Time: 5.23. Combine 40 Time: 5.39. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.32. Benchx225: 19. Arm: 34 1/2. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/6/09: Qualified for the All-ACC Second Team. He hasn't missed a start in 26 games.
5/24/08: Garrett Reynolds was a first-year starter in 2007 (he started half the year in 2006). A right tackle.
Dominique Edison, WR, Stephen F. Austin
Height: 6-2. Weight: 196. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Combine 40 Time: 4.45. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.42. Vertical: 37. Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 2/23/09: The unknown Dominique Edison invented (Berman-ism) a great 40 at his size and a nice vertical at the 2009 NFL Combine.
Michael Tauiliili, ILB, Duke
Height: 5-10. Weight: 231. Projected 40 Time: 4.71. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.77. Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 29. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 12/6/08: A member of the All-ACC First Team, and a major reason why Duke was competitive this year, Michael Tauiliili notched 140 tackles, 13 TFL and five pass break-ups.
5/16/08: Pleaded guilty to a DUI charge and assault in January. It's a shame to see Duke's rich football heritage get ruined.
2007: Don't try to spell Michael Tauiliili - just know that he's an underrated linebacker with sound tackling ability. In fact, he's so underrated I failed to list him until a reader pointed him out to me. Unfortunately, he has an arrest on his record, so some GMs may stay away.
John Faletoese, DE/DT, Cal Davis
Height: 6-2. Weight: 286. Projected 40 Time: 4.94. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.08. Benchx225: 18. Vertical: 30. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/10/09: Elected to the AP All-America First Team for Division 1-AA, John Faletoese registered 7.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks.
11/23/08: John Faletoese blocked two kicks in one game earlier in the year against then No. 4 (Div 1-AA) Montana.
San Jose State
Coye Francies, CB, San Jose State
Height: 6-0. Weight: 181. Projected 40 Time: 4.42. Combine 40 Time: 4.59. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.63. Benchx225: 24. Vertical: . Projected Round (2009): 5. 3/27/09: A 4.63 is not good for Coye Francies' draft stock. Combined with his off-the-field issues, there are just too many red flags here.
2/25/09: Combined with his off-the-field history, a 4.59 40 doesn't bode well for Coye Francies' draft stock.
12/13/08: An All-WAC second-teamer who has a troubled past. Francies had 69 tackles, three picks, 3.5 TFL and three passes broken up. He could sneak into the third round.
5/17/08: A transfer from Oregon State, Coye Francies was arrested last year for possessing illegal weapons. He and Tank Johnson should become close friends.
Jarron Gilbert, DE/DT, San Jose State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 288. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Combine 40 Time: 4.87. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.80. Benchx225: 28. Vertical: 37. Projected Round (2009): 2. 2/24/09: Jarron Gilbert ran and jumped well at the 2009 NFL Combine. He's now in heavy second-round consideration.
11/23/08: Jarron Gilbert has terrorized quarterbacks this year. Through 11 games, Gilbert has 47 tackles, 21.5 TFL, nine sacks and three passes broken up.
5/9/08: Jarron Gilbert had 7.5 TFL, four sacks and four passes broken up as a junior.
Christopher Owens, CB, San Jose State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 177. Projected 40 Time: 4.43. Combine 40 Time: 4.51. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.44. Benchx225: . Vertical: 35. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 12/13/08: Easily made the All-WAC First Team with 68 tackles and eight passes broken up.
2007: Christopher Owens is a bit small and could stand to gain some weight. However, he registered 75 tackles and six picks in 2007, so it's not like he wasn't productive.
David Richmond, WR, San Jose State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 197. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Combine 40 Time: 4.62. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.51. Vertical: . Broad: 9-10. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/4/09: Pretty much duplicating his 2007 figures, David Richmond notched 70 catches, 806 yards and seven scores.
10/19/08: David Richmond has become more consistent this season. He's on the edge of draft consideration. We'll have to see what he does at the Combine or his Pro Day.
5/22/08: David Richmond compiled 55 catches, 852 yards and three touchdowns in 2007. Richmond had a 10- and a 9-reception game. Other than that, he averaged 3.6 receptions per contest.
Jeff Schweiger, DE, San Jose State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 275. Projected 40 Time: 4.89. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.72. Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 35.5. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA.